So, I'm assuming that although the next tier is being delayed, Blizzard would still be ready to release the next tier with patch 4.1. I'm wondering, what does this mean for the devs? Are they gonna take this time to make Tier 12 that much more awesome, get a head start on 4.3 and/or Tier 13, or what?
It's safe to assume that all of the above are happening. Releasing Firelands with 4.2 means that Blizzard doesn't need to rush the raid for 4.1 just to give non-raiders something to do, and it also means that in the event some more work is needed to make the raid better, it has the time to do so. I'm sure planning and art assets for tier 13 are already well under way, too. That's just how these things work.
Can someone on the PTR or who knows for certain elaborate a bit on just how reused this content is? They say new boss mechanics, updated loot, and chance for mounts, but what about the trash pulls and bosses in ZA? Loot is really just the old loot with higher ilvl and epic? Tons of people are complaining about having to redo ZA and ZG, so I want to set the record straight for exactly what aspects of the instances are reused and which are new.
We don't know much about loot, but WoW Insider staffers have run through both dungeons and checked the differences between the new and old versions. Check out the Zul'Gurub writeup here and the Zul'Aman writeup here.
Since raid content will be pushed to 4.2 will there be any change to make Zul'aman level 20 instance (Sort of part of ghostlands story like DM is with westfall) and Zul'gurub level 30 instance (end of STV quest chain where you get the cliffhanger)? It would also give more variety to 20-30 instances since they are mostly SM to Razorfen that are soo outdated in terms of mechanics its not funny.
Blizzard hasn't indicated that normal modes of these dungeons becoming available, whether low-level or max-level. There will be new level 85 quest lines to lead up to the heroics, though, including one that follows up on your lil' buddy Ohgan'aka.
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